This amazing homemade peach butter is a delicious spread for your wintery morning toast! My store bought Christmas shopping has been complete for a couple of weeks, so now I am in the midst from of preparing and hand creating gifts – which I find far more thoughtful as they are always made with a loving heart and willing hands. This week I am sharing a recipe for Peach Butter from our home cooking contributor Nana Pat, the perfect gift idea for special family members and favourite teachers.
4 1/2 Pounds Peaches – Peeled, Pitted And Coarsely Chopped
Note – To Prevent Browning, When Cutting Up The Peaches, Put Into A Large Bowl Of Water – 4 Cups With 1/4 Cup Of Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup Water
Grated Zest And The Juice Of 1 Lemon
4 Cups Sugar
In large stainless steel pot, combine peaches, water. lemon zest and juice.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, until peaches are softened, about 20 minutes.
Working in batches, transfer peach mixture to a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, and puree just until a uniform texture is achieved.
Do not liquefy.
Should measure 8 cups.
In a clean, large stainless pot, combine peach puree and sugar.
Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens and holds it shape if you test a small amount on the back of a spoon.
The Variation For These Christmas Hostess Gifts
Reduce the sugar amount to 3 cups.
When butter has begun to thicken, but doesn’t quite mound on your spoon, add 1 cup of your favourite liqueur.
Choose Amaretto or Apricot Brandy.
Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture mounds on a spoon.